Tyson Fury ‘isn’t boxer’s real name’ – and he only changed it to sound ‘harder’

Tyson Fury's real name is actually Luke and he only changed it to "make himself sound harder."

That's according to Dillian Whyte, who is set to take on the winner of Fury's fight with Deontay Wilder this weekend.

The pair's trilogy fight takes place in Las Vegas on Saturday night with the WBC heavyweight title on the line.

After their first clash in December 2018 ended in a controversial draw, Fury dominated Wilder in their rematch 14 months later, winning via a seventh round stoppage to inflict the first defeat of the Bronze Bomber's career.

That looked to be the end of the matter, with Fury targeting a potential £100million unification bout with fellow Brit Anthony Joshua.

The duo even signed a two-fight deal for the Battle of Britain series, but were forced to renege on the agreement after a judge ruled a third fight between Fury and Wilder must take place.

It's now just a matter of hours until The Gypsy King and the Bronze Bomber go head-to-head for the third time, with most expecting a similar outcome to their second bout.

As is customary before such a huge fight, the pair have been trading insults – Fury has even had a stool taunting Wilder specially made for the Sin City showdown.

However, one of the more unusual taunts levelled at either fighter came earlier this year when Whyte claimed Fury's real first-name was Luke, not Tyson.

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Whyte told The Sun: "My real name is Dillian. I know his real name is Luke.

"He changed it to Tyson to make himself sound harder. People can have a little look around on the internet and see for themselves.

"In boxing, the name Tyson is a lot more sellable than Luke."

Despite Whyte's claims, Fury's first-name is indeed Tyson, as confirmed by his father John.

The 57-year-old has previously said: "He was just a pound in weight. The doctor said he probably won’t make it, he’s very weak.

"I said to all them doctors, he won’t be small, I said he’ll be nearly 7ft tall, 20 stone, the next heavyweight champion of the world.

"I thought, ‘There’s only one name fitting for him, he’s fought hard to become a person living in this world.’

"Mike Tyson was the best in the world at that time. Tyson Luke Fury – that’s his name."

Whyte has been confirmed as the challenger for the winner of Fury vs Wilder on Saturday.

The WBC has stated that either man could target an undisputed world title fight, if they emerge with the WBC belt.

But Oleksandr Usyk's expected rematch with Anthony Joshua should see Whyte receive a WBC title fight, so long as he maintains his status as WBC interim champion.

A WBC statement read: "The WBC Board of Governors has reviewed the recent history in the Heavyweight Division.

"Considering the long inactivity in the division due to the pandemic, ongoing legal processes, and Covid-19 infections, the WBC has ruled that the winner of this fight will have 30 days to secure a contract to unify the Heavyweight Division against WBO-IBF-WBA champion Oleksandr Usyk in search of an undisputed champion in the division.

"If no unification bout is secured within that time, the winner of Fury v. Wilder 3 must then fight next against the then reigning WBC Interim Heavyweight Champion."

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